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David

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Welcome to my website

I'm an astronomer, science writer, and musician based in Dundee, Scotland. On this website, now into its 19th year, you'll find about 15,000 pages of information divided into five major encyclopedia – of science, alternative energy and sustainable living, history, music, and science for children. There are links to all these resources on this page.

 

Also on this page, down the right-hand side, you'll see listed many of my books and my music album, together with links to them at Amazon. Most of the books are available in print or Kindle format; the album can be downloaded or streamed from all major digital platforms, including iTunes and Spotify.

 

Many thanks for stopping by. For daily updates, please follow me on Facebook and Twitter

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
12,000+ articles on physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, medicine, mathematics, science fiction, and the history of science

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
About 1,000 articles on a wide range of green subjects

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
400+ articles on topics from the dawn of culture to the modern age

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
800+ articles on all aspects of musical theory, types, instruments, sound engineering, and performance

The Children’s Encyclopedia of Science contains a range of resources aimed at younger readers

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Weird Maths

My latest book Weird Maths, coauthored with Agnijo Banerjee, is now available worldwide in bookshops and online.

 

Is anything truly random? Does infinity actually exist? Could we ever see into other dimensions? In this journey of discovery, we draw connections between the cutting edge of modern maths and life as we understand it, delving into the strange – would we like alien music? – and venturing out on quests to consider the existence of free will and the fantastical future of quantum computers. Packed with puzzles and paradoxes, mind-bending concepts and surprising solutions, this book is for anyone who wants life’s questions answered – even those you never thought to ask.

 

For further information please click here.

New Design

The Worlds of David Darling is getting a makeover – not only a new design for but also mobile-friendly pages.

 

The website had its origins back in 1999, long before most other on-line information sites, such as Wikipedia, existed, and has gone through many changes since its debut. Its current 15,000 pages on all aspects of science, technology, mathematics, history, and other subjects are constantly being updated and added to on a daily basis. Thanks for your support – and keep on visiting!

Find me on FB

Be sure to check out my Facebook pages – The Worlds of David Darling, Songs of the Cosmos , The Science Fiction Experience, and, the latest one, the Science of Disney (for those who enjoy retrofuturism with an optimistic slant).

 

The Worlds of David Darling FB page, click here.

 

Songs of the Cosmos FB page, click here.

 

The Science Fiction Experience FB page, click here.

 

The Science of Disney FB page, click here.

 

All at the Co-op FB page, click here.

Science Fiction Experience

The Science Fiction Experience is a rock concert with spectacular visual effects based on David's music and writing. The first live performances, featuring a nine-piece band and dancers, will be in early 2019 with simultaneous webcasts. Follow our journey, from songwriting and rehearsals to live on stage over the coming months...

 

For further information please click here.

Songs of the Cosmos

Songs of the Cosmos, my first music album, was inspired by various ideas I’ve talked about in my books, plus some tunes that just came into my head and I wanted to share. You can download individual tunes or the entire album from all the usual digital platforms, including iTunes and Amazon.

 

For further information please click here.

 

My latest book Weird Maths, coauthored with Agnijo Banerjee, is now available worldwide in bookshops and online. For more, see www.weirdmaths.com

 

Ian Stewart, author of Significant Figures : “A glorious trip through some of the wilder regions of the mathematical landscape, explaining why they are important and useful, but mostly revelling in the sheer joy of the unexpected. Highly recommended!”

 

Clifford A. Pickover, author of The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension : “Darling and Banerjee take us on a captivating ride through a vast landscape of mathematics, touching on mesmerising topics that include randomness, higher dimensions, alien music, chess, chaos, prime numbers, cicadas, infinity, and more. Read this book and soar.”

 

John Stillwell, Professor of Mathematics, University of San Francisco, and author of Elements of Mathematics : “In this inspired collaboration, a young maths prodigy teams up with a popular science writer to present a fresh view of the world of mathematics. Together they fearlessly tackle some of the most weird and wonderful topics in mathematics today, rightly believing that “if you can’t explain something in plain language then you don’t properly understand it”. Clearly, they understand it.”

 

 

The Science Fiction Experience is a rock musical with spectacular visual effects based on David's songs and books. It will take the audience on a mesmerizing voyage across the universe, from Big Bang to far future. Classic science fiction tales, such as Frankenstein, Princess of Mars, From the Earth to the Moon, and When Worlds Collide, will be reimagined in song, light, dance, and extraordinary imagery.

 

The first live performance, featuring a nine-piece band and a team of dancers, will take place in March 2019 at the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee. The show will be accompanied by a simultaneous webcast, so if you can’t be there in person you’ll be able to watch on your screens anywhere in the world. Further performances are planned across Scotland and other parts of the UK.

 

‘Like’ our Facebook page and follow our journey, from songwriting and rehearsals to live on stage over the coming months.